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Monster by Walter Dean Myers
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May 11, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult
Read in May, 2010

This book tells the story of a young man who is on trial for murder. While he didn't actually murder anyone, he is accused of being part of a plan to hold-up a drugstore and the owner ends up being killed. The book covers the seven days of his trial and is told in a mixed format. Each day has a brief journal entry and the rest is written in the form of a screenplay.

The screenplay format made it a little difficult to connect with the character as closely as I might in a normal book. However, I enjoyed the creativity, and after awhile, I could really picture it as a movie.

The main character is not a "bad" person, as he keeps telling himself. It makes you wonder about responsibility for our choices--even when they may seem "not that bad." I enjoyed it.

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